There seem to be a silver lining in the sky over the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Nigerian government debacle, as at Tuesday,17th November, 2020 as the Federal government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige hints on a solution.
The FG had budged a little, allowing the ASUU body to implement their own version of IPPIS, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) software through the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Here is what Ngige said to the Press after the ASUU/FG negotiating team met:
“I am waiting for the NITDA’s full report. The preliminary report they gave me shows the software integrity test will take them about six to eight weeks and after that, we go to the hardware.
“But the big issue is, who will provide the hardware”
“ASUU does not have the finances to do so. Has the government budgeted for it now as we speak? So, that one is a major problem. But we don’t have to dissuade anybody, we don’t have to tell anybody not to carry on, we like local content development, we need our things to be home grown. So, we are really encouraging them,” Ngige said.
Will it lead to ASUU calling off the strike? Let’s hope.